Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004 (No. 39)
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Nashville 2004 now just
14 days away -- early-bird
registration ends Friday. Details in
Deal: Silicon Graphics,
player in high-performance computing,
storage and advanced data visualization, announced
yesterday it's implementating its visualization
system at Vanderbilt University, as part of VU's
Advanced Computing Center for Research and
Education, which provides computing, storage,
visualization facilities campus-wide, for College
of A&S, VU Med Center and VU School of
Engineering. Aug. 10 release.
venture-capital community coming out of
doldrums, July 27, Tennessean.
Venture-capital study ranks TN 6th in U.S. in
creation of jobs nationwide by firms originally
backed by venture capital, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Aug. 6.
inks deal with Chinese industry for
business intelligence on fibers, release
Association taps New York's Election
Services Corp. to tally CMA Awards
Siliconian VC Steve
Jurvetson visits Oak Ridge to study
commercialization and simulation of
nanotechnologies; says he'd partner with TN vencap
firms; raises question of whether or not Tennessee
is a good place to build a technology management
team for a tech startup, saying risk capital is
p. 34-35, Aug. 04. Not on web.
Dialogic Communications of Franklin
joins forces with CrimeWeb Network, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Aug.
9. Tennessean, 3E, Aug.
Osburn Hessey logistics provides
RFID middleman solution for shipping
customers who deal with Wal-Mart, July 28, Tennessean.
(Sept. 2): Nashville Public
Television (PBS WNPT Channel 8) President/CEO
Steve Bass will address the Sept. 2 NTC Tech
Roundtable discussing the station's new
digital-broadcasting capabilities. There are new
time and venue: Wildhorse Saloon on 2d Avenue,
with networking 4-4:30 p.m., Presentation and
Q&A, 4:30-5:30 p.m., followed by wrapup and
more networking. Watch your email and the NTC
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cybersecurity conference - Tuesday, Aug. 24th!
Early-bird registration is 48
hours from now: Friday, Aug. 13
The NTC-ISSA InfoSec
Nashville 2004 information security conference is
Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Nashville
panelists currently confirmed include Howard
Schmidt, eBay; Larry McCoy, Caterpillar; Matt
Kestian, Microsoft; Ray Wagner, Gartner; Sean
Jackson, Avondale Partners; Tim Williams, Nortel;
Paul Connelly, HCA; Greg Workman, WebMD; Chris
Ray, HealthSouth. Other panelists, moderators and
speakers to be confirmed.
The day's overview is here.
The full agenda is here.
Some speakers bios have been posted here.
CPE credits will be available.
Platinum - Nortel
Networks; Gold - Blue Coat
Computing Corp.; Silver - Baker
Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, CipherTrust,
Solutions, Praemunio, RSA
Security, Systems Solutions
Technologies. The Nortel NetworksXpress
training facility will also be onsite.
For more information
and early-bird registration, find the form
to top Nashville Capital Network's
program on "Term sheets and term-sheet
will be Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium,
Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. Confirmed speakers include
Townes Duncan, moderator, Solidus Company; Alston
Hamilton (Miller & Martin); Matt Burnstein
(Waller, Lansden, Dortch, & Davis); David
Jones, Chrysalis Ventures. Additional speakers,
TBA. No advance registration, no charge.
agree to Comdata minority
release July 27. Comdata subsidiary buys portion of
ProfitPoint, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 27.
Tennessean, July 27.
Sources say Nashville Capital Network assisted
ProfitPoint in this process.
Advisors in $65 million Promis
deal, Tennessean , July 30.
Nash. Bus. Journal, July 26.
(sub) July 26.
Nashville City Paper, July 27, not on web.
Kaplan Professional grabs
insurance-ed provider Insurance Systems
of Nashville, Tennessean, Aug. 3.
Kaplan sister unit previously acquired
Nashville-based Transcender. NashvillePost.com,
Release, Aug. 2.
Kyzen Corp. announced plans to ask
SEC for permission to deregister publicly
traded stock "on or around" Aug. 12, citing
inadequate advantage of public listing,
Tennessean, Aug. 5.
Release Aug. 4.
(further) The Mouse Pad Tech Center
opened in Brentwood, Tennessean
Williamson AM, July 23.
Mouse Pad tech training schedule announced
here. The Mouse Pad technology
learning center in Brentwood may be first
of several, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, July 16, not
on web. NashvillePost.com, July 15. Tennessean, July 17,
News release, July
is no longer accepting apps from VC-seeking
companies for Tenn. Valley Venture
Forum, Sept. 23-24, Chattanooga, but you should
register asap to attend. Details
Harpeth Capital announces Harpeth
Valuation Services, NashvillePost.com,
iPayment sued on behalf of
predecessor's creditors who allege fraud,
The City Paper, p. 7, Aug. 10.
Tennessean, Aug. 10.
iPayment responds to lawsuit, Aug. 6, release.
Cingular Wireless to Bring 140 Jobs
to Middle Tennessee, release
Private Business now PBiz,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 2.
Tennessean, Aug. 3.
Private Business net income slips, Tennessean,
BW release, Aug. 2.
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SmartDM database-marketing firm ranked high after
analysis by Forrester Research's
WAVE ranking matrix, Aug. 3 release.
Music City Future 50 includes
. Event background here
Comdata rolls-out PermitLink for
permitting fleets, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug.
10. Comdata signs deal with
eFunds Corp. for ATM access for
cardholders, Nash. Bus. Journal, July
29. Comdata customers get eFunds access,
Tennessean, Aug. 4. scroll
here. Comdata appoints Andrew Park SVP of
product services and strategic planning; Scott
Wombold, SVP/GM Merchant Services; Brian Truman to
national fleet accounts, Green Hills News, p. 18,
Aug. 5, not on web.
PureSafety wins environmental,
health and safety education role in
Montana State Fund contract, July 26 release.
Julie May of Bytes of Knowledge
profiled, company gains by cross-selling IT
services and more emphasis on training,
p. 11, Nash. Bus. Journal, July
Health lands PHD Network contract with
National Foundation for Cancer Research,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, July 30, not on web. Related
Ralph Beard promoted to marketing
manager for ISDN-Net. Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 17, July 30, not on web.
TVA goes wireless at 15 facilities,
partners with Nextel, Memphis Bus.
Blair Myers is vp-sales and
marketing for Censis Technologies, Inc.,
Franklin. Tennessean, July
Reena Gupta of Avankia tells
NTC United Cattle Company LLC hired her
firm to develop web applications for cattle
tracking and marketplace, and Avankia management
in Nashville will oversee development by offshore
team in India.
Word Distribution extends deal with
Franklin-based Big Idea, Nash. Bus.
Southeast Financial Credit Union
names John Jacoway CFO/SVP with IT
oversight, Tennessean, Aug.
BellSouth in marketing agreement
with Direct TV, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug.
ResortQuest names Scarola of
Bearingpoint as new VP-IT, Nash. Bus.
'Mystery Shoppers' employ
technology to fulfill their customer-satisfaction
mission, Tennessean, Aug.
BellSouth Foundation grant supports
e-club at Martha OBryan Center. Nashville
City Paper, July
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U.S. Health & Human Services
spokesperson Lori Evans told NTC yesterday that
HHS' request for comments on healthcare
IT standards should be published in the Federal
Register later this month. Related coverage:
Government pushing Healthcare IT, Government
Computer News, July
21. HHS release on strategic HIT initiative,
July 21 here.
HHS HIT report at a glance, here.
industry competition increases, with focus on
Nebo, WebMD, Passport; Tennessean, Aug.
St. Thomas outsources some IT
infrastructure functions to Computer Science
Corp. and local contractor Digital
Connections. Meanwhile, VHA study sees hospital IT
outsourcing rising, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Aug.
Tennessee patients can determine
quality of hospitals' care via online
websites, Tennessean, 1D, Aug.
10. In October, Tennessee acute-care hospitals
begin making quality-of-care reports to Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
5. Hospitals go "paperless," CNN, Aug.
HealthTrio announces joint
marketing agreement with IBM, release Aug.
3. HealthTrio lands Health Plan of San
(further) Richmond-based Cymed
bought Chattanooga's acquisition of
Pro-Scribe Medical Documentation
Solutions of Chattanooga, Tennessee, release July
14. Times Free Press story, Aug.
HealthStream gets Bon Secours
online training business,
5. Company launches Learning Center and
Competency Compass services. Aug. 6 release
here. Healthstream losses narrow further, July
28, Nash. Bus. Journal.
Healthgate reports quarterly
financial improvement, July
28, Nash. Bus. Journal.
Automation at St. Vincent's
Hospital in Birmingham, July
2004, HealthLeaders Magazine.
Case study: Utah multispecialty
clinic reaps $8 million-plus return on IT
investment, HealthLeaders Magazine, July
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in-state government bid-tracking
Tennessee cracks-down on untaxed
online resellers; eBay trading assistants come
under scrutiny; Gordon of Snappy Auctions
favors tough regulation of sector, The City Paper,
p. 7, Aug. 3.
The City Paper, p. 3, Aug. 4.
Federal Reserve shifts check
processing from Nashville to Atlanta,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 3.
Tennessean, Aug. 3.
State OIR Aug. 6 invitated non-cost
proposals prior to presentations that vendors may
make during Aug. 23-27 timeframe, for
possible future support of Decision Support System
supporting reformed TennCare operations, and
requiring existing Medicaid-related experience.
State RFP 335-08-523
solicits bids by Aug. 30 for simultaneous and
delayed audio webcasting
of meetings of TN Emergency Communications
Electronic access cards system, RFP
due Aug. 20.
State Dept. of Finance & Admin. seeks Visa or
Mastercard-branded service to ensure benefits to
recipients under child support, unemployment
insurance, child adoption assistance and
State RFP 349-03.404
seeks support of computer-aided dispatch
(CAD), due Aug. 27.
State issues for enhanced Case
Management and Activity Tracking System,
Final deadline Sept. 23. See full timeline in
State department of Safety, RFP for
Computer-aided dispatch system, RFP 349.03-404.
Proposal deadline Aug. 27.
Metro Nashville seeks Integrated
Food Service Technology System for Metro
Schools, RFP 04-62,
proposals due Aug. 17.
State Regulatory Boards System (RBS)
replacement, RFP 317.03-114.
Seeks proven application and database proven in
similar environment. Deadline Sept. 3.
TN Wildlife Resources Agency seeks
technology support for Remote Easy Access
Licensing system, RFP 328-01-301,
for selling hunting/fishing licenses, certain
privileges and licensing of boats. Deadline
Federal Funding helps put
technology into Chattanooga area community
center, Times Free Press,
Tennessee online revenue surpasses
$500 million, July 27 NIC USA
States' attorneys general ally to
combine file-sharing, Washington Post,
Web site may raise state's
campaign-finance disclosure ranking,
Tennessean, B1, Aug. 4.
Urgent review of classified
computer operations at Oak Ridge NL Y12
plant may slow operations, Knox. News Sentinel,
Surveillance and intelligence
technologies will track individuals during
Olympics, AP via Knox. News Sentinel,
ClientLogic to lay off 230
workers, Tennessean, 3E, Aug.
11. ClientLogic layoffs mean net 100 job
losses, Knox. News Sentinel, July
CIBER Inc. announced Aug. 10 it
will implement its Harbor
Security (HMS) System, a packaged port security
and port management solution, for the Lake Charles
Harbor and Terminal District in Louisiana, the
16th largest U.S. port. Release
here. Memphis Bus. Journal story, Aug.
10. Ciber Inc. management in Memphis seeks to
preserve business relationships of acquired SCB
Computer, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug.
Technology 2020, a public-private
partnership that helps start new
companies, has received a $100,000
federal appropriation to help startup companies
grow by offering management counseling and
financing assistance. During the past five years,
Tech 2020 Pres/CEO Tom Rogers says his
organization has helped 90 companies that have
created 1,100 jobs at an average annual salary of
$64,000, or twice the regional average. Knox. News
Sentinel coverage here.
Memphis Technology Corridor
Association seeks best use of land for
development, Commercial Appeal, Aug.
distribution facility to provide
supply-chain support for Brillian Corp.
shipments, release Aug.
MC(2)'s BidFax in Memphis is bought
by construction software provider iSqFt of
CareScience gets Tri-Cities care
management and clinical data-sharing
Peabody Hotel Group First to
Standardize on Hotel Information Systems'
epitome Enterprise, release
Chattanooga positions to attract
tech companies as the 'Boulder, Colorado, of the
East', Times Free Press, July
TVA selects Nextel for 10-year
Wireless service agreement, Aug. 3,
Heat followed offshoring: TVA moves
to end IT contract with New York-based Access
Systems that outsourced work to India,
and turns to India-owned firm (Pinnacle) in
Houston for help, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug.
Merchant Data Service, Memphis, announced Aug.
9 they'd struck a new partnership that
expands their business base, but President Bert
Adcock told NTC yesterday he can't release
partner's identity til end of month. Release here.
board member boasts that eBay consignment
service's software is franchisor's
current competitive advantage, as players
proliferate, BusinessTN, p. 13, Aug. 04, not on
Johnson City CPA decides a
digital-broadcasting venture is the thing for
him, Knox. News Sentinel, July
expands Memphis presence, Memphis Bus.
19. Arrangement with community college
leverages National IT training program.
Healthgate Data Corp. sees
quarterly financial improvement, Nash.
Bus. Journal, July 29.
IPIX Corp. has formed an
alliance with Interchange Corp., which
provides paid search services to more than 200 Web
sites and search engines. Commercial
Appeal, July 23.
EBus took over Chattanooga Advanced
Vehicle Systems facility and may
eventually make hybrid electric buses there, Times
Free Press, Aug.
A trip to California by Mayor
Corker and a Federal grant help spur Ion America
energy technologies investment in
Chattanooga, July 23, Times
IPIX announces $3 million order
from its UK Distributor, release
FedEx acquires ParcelDirect for
$120 million, Aug. 9 FedEx
release. Bloomberg via The City Paper, p. 9,
Aug. 10, not on web. Tennessean, Aug. 10, 2E, not
on web. Commercial Appeal, Aug.
Valocity appraisers linked
electronically with XML advantages,
Commercial Appeal, Aug.
9. Related release, July
Memphis resident urges converting
mid-south fairgrounds to Technology
enclave for corporations, Letter, Commercial
Oak Ridge NL is helping economic
development in North Carolina, Aug. 3, Knox.
Chattanooga Technology Resources
link to Chattanooga Engineers page, here.
To gain manufacturing flexibility,
General Motors will spend $400-500 million to
retool and add technology at Spring Hill
assembly facility, Tennessean, Aug.
Knoxville-based Eonstreams placed
8th in ranking of Internet radio sites,
19, Knox. News Sentinel,
Williamson County Schools launches
new website, Tennessean, Aug.
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TN Board of Regents
names Thomas Danford as first CIO, Tennessean,
McCormack: 'Blended learning' combines
e-learning with face-to-face instruction,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 21, Aug.
On-demand IT education is one
advantage asserted by Belmont University's
Technology Learning Cooperative. See
details on their new website, here.
Tullahoma students radio questions
to international space stations,
Tennessean, 1A, Aug.
UT Chattanooga appoints Dr. Ronald
Bailey of Fla. Insti. of Tech. as UTC engineering
10, Times Free Press.
Tech training may suffer in TN as
scholarship criteria shift and tuitions
rise, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug.
6, p. 19.
Visitors study Oak Ridge NL
computing initiatives, Aug. 4,
Knox News Sentinel.
Chancery-supported email system set
to kickoff in Metro Schools, The
City Paper, Aug. 3.
Enrollment in computer science
programs dropped 23 percent from 2002 to
2003, but U.S. Labor projects jobs for
software engineers will grow 46% 2002-12.
Commercial Appeal, a mention July
21. The facts: BLS Stats on S/W Engr demand
here. BLS on related fields
here. Monster.com's career advice
here. High-ed and computer careers
here. Related NSF
Greenspan tells Senate Banking
Committee that U.S. educational system is not
adequately preparing skilled workers,
Commercial Appeal, July
National attention: Utah's Northface
University aims to
graduate "legions of software developers," AP via
Times Free Press, Aug.
8. Related IBM
release, July 20. Computer Science School
breaks with tradition for software training, CNN,
Continuing education a must in era
of offshoring of exportable jobs, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 23, Aug.
Latest update on NEW NTC Members is
(Aug. 10). Previous report, June 17 here.
Six Sigma process finds following
at Caterpillar and in manufacturing,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 6.
Report on Nanotechnology
presentation by Dr. David Pond, managing director,
Nanocenter, Univ. of So. Carolina, Aug.
2, during Northeast Tenn. Technology Council
event, report here.
Oasis-supported tech committee
drives to ensure interoperability among healthcare
IT standards, release here.
E-commerce sites push for greater
"stickiness" as consumer expectations and
broadband access suggest need for more
text, more video to engage visitors, NY Times,
Whyline can help answer questions,
thanks to NSF funding, CNN,
Blogging for commercial purposes
seen as new tool for growing businesses,
CNN, July 29.
Nashville-based Logic Media Group
providing ad hoc news-release services, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 8, Aug. 6. Not on
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(Aug. 12) AITP Nashville - IT at
Direct General Corporation, Suzanne
Lattimore, CIO, Sheraton Music City, 5:30 p.m.,
* (Aug. 19) Infragard Middle
Tennessee chapter has Adriaan Valk of FBI and
Bryant Tow of InfraGard and Unisys,
discussing Infragard initiatives. 4th floor,
Massey Bldg., Belmont University. Program begins 2
p.m., details here.
(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual Nashville
Technology Council - ISSA "Information Security
Conference," Nashville Convention Center.
Details in Spotlight above.
* (Aug. 31) NE TN Tech. Council
meets, 4 p.m., Saratoga Technologies
sponsors event offices in Med Tech Park,
Johnson City. Details visit http://www.netntech.org
(Sept. 2) NTC Tech
Roundtable, Steve Bass, Pres./CEO,
Nashville Public Television,
new time and venue, see Upfront section, above.
Presentation re: datacasting and the digital
(Sept. 9) AITP Nashville Chapter meeting, Sheraton
(Sept. 14) Nashville Capital
Network's program on "Term sheets and term-sheet
negotiation" will be Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.,
Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. See
* (Sept. 14) Jim Phillips,
Chairman/CEO, FedEx Institute of
Technology addresses Chattanooga Chamber
annual meeting. Details here.
* (Sept. 14-16) Conference:
Detector/Sensor Research and Technology for
Homeland and National Security: Chemical,
Biological, Nuclear and Radiological Weapons, and
Toxic Industrial Chemicals, River Terrace
Resort, Gatlinburg. Hosted by Chemical
Sciences Division and National Security
Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
(Sept. 23-24) 8th Annual Tenn. Venture
Forum - hosts: Tech2020, City of
(Sept. 24) Annual Economic Outlook
sponsored by the Jennings A. Jones College of
Business at Middle Tennessee University. Details
not yet available.
(Sept. 28-30) 2004
Conference, Nashville Convention
(Sept. 28) Music City Future 50
recognition at Franklin Marriott Cool
Springs. Nominations open in June for
this annual recognition, with nominations deadline
of July 2. Event site, criteria here.
* (Sept. 29) Healthcare IT: Local
chapters of HiMSS and HIMA will, in conjunction
with the annual meeting of Tennessee Hospital
Association, conduct program with
emphasis on emerging technologies. Keynote speaker
for the HiMSS/THIMA one-day event will be Pam
Arlotto, managing director, Maestro. She's
responsible for Maestro strategy and is a former
HiMSS national chair. The day will also feature a
healthcare CIO panel, including CIOs from
Lifepoint Health, Baptist/St. Thomas (Ascension),
Maury Regional Hosp., and Community Health
Systems. The luncheon will be a joint luncheon
tied to the THA program.
(Sept. 30) Tennessee Valley
Conference on the Science and Business of
Nanotechnology, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Speakers and panelists will address
science/research overview, applications, and
business and investment issues. Details
forthcoming. This program is a cooperative effort
of the Owen Graduate School of Management at
Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt School of
Engineering, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, and Nashville Technology
Council. Venue: Caterpillar Financial Center.
(Oct. 4) NTC Tech
Roundtable - Mike Dunne, President, Quanta
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis Musculoskeletal
New Ventures Conference, Memphis Biotech.
(Oct. 22) NE TN Tech Council
TechStar Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.,
MeadowView Conf. Ctr. Program with Anne Pope, Alex
Fischer, Eric Cromwell, others. Info:
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling
(Nov. 4) NTC Tech
Roundtable, representatives of ConduIT
Corporation and Digiscript discuss
(Dec. 1-3) Tennessee Education Technology
Conference, link here.